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Nomad Donuts in San Diego, CA {the ponytail diaries}

This photo has nothing to do with the post. I just wanted to share some pretty and delicious donuts with you.

The super-awesome Kasey nominated me for a “Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award” and, Brady Bunch flashbacks aside, she asked some pretty nice questions. So…

Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award

1. What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked in an interview (job or otherwise, it can’t be this question)?

In an interview? Hmm. I’ve been lucky at avoiding those super weird interview questions Google and Facebook supposedly like to ask. I can tell you the weirdest answer I ever gave, though — when the manager asked me to “share something unique about me,” I told him “I can quote or reference Friends in pretty much any situation.” (I didn’t really want the job that much so I wasn’t trying to impress anyone. Weirdly, I think that answer impressed him more than a more serious one would have.)

2. If you could only read one book for the rest of ever, what book would you pick?

To Kill a Mockingbird? Or East of Eden. Maybe Lord of the Rings (can a trilogy or series count as one book?) because that would take for-ev-er to read and re-read. Dammit, this one’s hard.

3. What is your favorite ever summer memory?

Sitting on the beach at Lake Tahoe, towards the end of the day, when most of the crowds had left and we’d dragged all the beach chairs down to the water. Digging my toes into the wet sand and watching the waves gently lapping at my feet and sun slowly starting to set and reflecting off the water. Bliss.

4. Describe yourself using only song titles. (I know that’s not a question, just, okay? just be cool. just once.)

Born to Run. Brown-Eyed Girl. I Left My Heart in San Francisco.

I’m sure there are more…

5. If you had $1,000,000 but had to spend it all in one week, what would you do with it?

The responsible answer? I’d give at least some to my parents (to pay off their house or whatever) and brother (to pay for his med school). And I guess some to my other brother to be fair, even though he doesn’t have any crushing debt at the moment. The rest would go towards buying a house and a travel fund for me and my husband.

The fun answer? Giants and Warriors season tickets (FOR LIFE). Some Old Gringo or Frye cowboy boots. A $100,000 Ticketmaster gift card so I can go to pretty much any concert I want for the next twenty years. And if I’m allowed to do that, an ass-ton of frequent flyer miles on a bunch of airlines. Or Living Social Escapes or Groupon Getaways credit so I can so on all those excursions to Australia and Machu Picchu and the Caribbean. Literally, I would probably buy all sorts of gift cards for concerts, travel, restaurants, and so on. Then I’d donate enough money to Cal Poly to get them to name a building after my family (we have something like 13 or 14 Cal Poly graduates and apparently that’s not enough). I’d probably still buy a house. Maybe an apartment in Paris.

For what it’s worth, Husband would get a small plane, a place to keep it, and a stock of fuel. Then he’d get land or a studio space in Costa Rica or Italy. Good answer, Husband.

6. What is your favorite holiday (religious, birthday, or otherwise) + why?

I absolutely love Christmas, but now that I’m older and mature (hah), I’d probably go with Thanksgiving. This is probably largely because I’ve never been responsible for cooking anything for Thanksgiving dinner (no I take that back! When I was studying abroad and all the American students had a potluck Thanksgiving dinner I made mashed potatoes. And drank a lot of wine) and usually spend the day eating and drinking with my family — who I genuinely love and enjoy spending time with (and we’re really weird because we keep our drama to the minimum).

7. What is one interesting thing that people who read your blog probably don’t know about you?

Either I’m not that interesting, or I share a lot more on this blog than I realize because I can’t really think of anything. Hmm…oh, I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue. Does that count?

8. Who is your biggest role model + why?

My dad.

9. Who’s attending that imaginary dinner party people always ask about?

Okay, if I’m sticking to people I’ve never met who are currently alive…Jon Miller, James Earl Jones, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chris Hemsworth (must be shirtless though), Lauren Fleshman.

10. What is your favorite cocktail?

Tom Collins. Margaritas and whiskey sours as alternates.

AND I’m nominating…everyone who wants to answer these questions! Seriously, just go for it — and then leave a comment here or link back to this post. Please?

1. You have two months to visit 10 cities in Europe — no more, no less. Where do you go?
2. What was the best concert you’ve ever seen?
3. What habit do you wish you had but have never been able to make stick?
4. What’s the most disgusting food you’ve ever eaten?
5. If you could go back to college and had to choose a different major than whatever you already graduated with, what would you choose (if you haven’t gone college, what would you major in)?
6. What Hogwarts house would the Sorting Hat put you in?
7. What are your top 5 favorite movies of all time?
8. What’s in your carry-on when you fly (your “travel essentials”)?
9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
10. If you had to go on a reality show, which would it be?

MAN. Kasey’s right, coming up with questions is hard.